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Top 5 paddle boarding holiday gift ideas

The holidays are only just a few sleeps away. They creep up on you faster than you think, every year! My daughter asked me if she could sleep on the couch hoping for a glimpse of Santa. She was devastated when she heard there were still a few weeks to go, but I assured her they’d fly by and the holidays will be here soon.

Anyway, the holiday season is a busy time of year with family, friends, activities and office parties. and finding a gift for that special someone, aka you or the stand up paddle boarder in your life, might be daunting. We’ve created a quick and easy list for reference, that you can quickly browse for good ideas or you can send someone who may need some help in getting something.

The Onyx M-16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket is a US Coast Guard Approved Type V Life Jacket and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with Type III Performance. The Onyx M-16 inflatable PFD is an ideal and sometimes necessary (ie. legally required) addition to your stand up paddle boarding package. The life jacket is inflated when you pull the “jerk to inflate” yellow handle. This opens the CO2 cartridge and inflates the PFD. Comes with one cartridge which is single use and needs to be rearmed with new cartridge after each inflation.

Unique design for stand up paddle boarding! Styled to look like a belt pack (bum bag, waist bag, fanny pack) the Onyx M-16 is comfortable and stays out of the way until needed. While some laws only require a PFD device strapped on board, the Onyx M-16 inflatable life jacket, is attached to you and ready to go in the event of an emergency.

The most effective life jackets are the ones you want to wear.

This Red Paddle Co Titan Pump is version 2.0 of the revolutionary inflatable SUP pump, it effectively halves inflation time and has made all other hand pump alternatives seem pointless.

The Titan Pump features two chambers, one larger volume cylinder (low pressure) and one lower volume cylinder (high pressure). Think of it as a combination of the regular Ezee and the Ezee HP side by side.

You start with both cylinders pumping huge amounts of air into the board, then at about 10-12PSI, you flip a switch and it pumps through the high pressure side only. You’re pumping double the amount of air into the board than usual, and can still finish it off with high pressure. Read more about the Titan Pump here and here.

A true game changer!

The 20 Liter Dry Pak Roll Top Dry Gear Bag at 11.5″ x 19″ in a mesh reinforced clear configuration is a versatile and durable dry bag. Your gear will stay dry inside this round bottom dry bag, even in adverse conditions. Shut out water by rolling down the top a few times and snapping the buckles together.

Great for paddle boarding, kayaking, power boats, sail boats, personal watercraft, canoes, camping, motorcycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles and car top luggage racks too!

The upgraded Red Paddle Co All Terrain Bag with wheels and back pack system, is the perfect bag for travelling the world with your inflatable paddle board. Made with toughened materials that can cope with sun, sea, sand and travel, the All Terrain Red Paddle Co Inflatable Board Bag features a front-loading system which zippers on three sides, making packing and unpacking a breeze. Multiple storage handles provide a multitude of carrying options.

Trekking through the back country? The adjustable, padded shoulder straps and waistband provide a comfortable way to carry your inflatable. Integrated internal straps make sure the board stays in place while in transit. Headed out for a overseas holiday? The hidden backpack strap system can be stowed when not in use. Just stash the shoulder straps and the integrated roller system lets you wheel your bag easily through the airport.

Designed with adventures on the water in mind, this Red Paddle Co Original Deck Bag is built to last. Take your gear onto the water without the fear of getting anything wet, no matter what you throw at it. Fitting seamlessly onto your board and packed full of features, this dry bag will enable you to make every paddle an adventure.

Fed up with flimsy ‘dry bags’ which are tricky to get in to, don’t sit securely on your board, and don’t actually keep things dry? Red have designed their waterproof deck bag to make adventures on the water effortless. Its 22 liters capacity means you can take a whole range of gear with you which can be easily accessed on land or on the water.

The 100% dry, easy access, durable deck bag.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.